Finding Collaboration in Conflict: Exploring Convergent Facilitation as a process for making difficult decisions in groups
Edinburgh, Thursday evening 28th February – Sunday 3rd March 2019
Would you like to learn how to facilitate groups that are stuck in disagreement to move forwards?
Do you want to better support groups to come up with decisions that work for everyone?
In this 3-day training, we will be exploring a process called Convergent Facilitation and learning how to facilitate effective collaborative decision-making. Convergent Facilitation is a method for bringing a group to decisions that everyone supports, by going into the disagreement and finding a way forward that includes what really matters to everyone involved.
Who is this for?
This workshop is for people who are actively involved in facilitating groups working towards social and environmental justice. We would also like to hear from you if you’re just starting your journey as a facilitator but have a clear context to apply your learning.
If you aren’t sure if this workshop is for you, please get in touch and we can talk about it.
What is Convergent Facilitation?
Convergent Facilitation is a model developed through practical engagement with groups and organisations over many years by Miki Kashtan, a facilitator, trainer and author. As well as being a specific decision-making model, it offers principles and practices that can be used in facilitation and communication in lots of different situations, and can be applied to other processes (including Consensus Decision Making and Mediation).
Sustaining Resistance Training of Trainers
18-29th May 2019 Ulex Centre, Catalunia
This training of trainers aims to support activist-trainers who want to develop and deliver trainings on sustainable activism and are interested in the approach developed within the Sustaining Resistance project. Through the training we will share experience and offer a range of tools and methods, both personal and collective that can support people to make their activism more effective and sustainable. The training will provide space to design and deliver sessions and receive feedback from peers.
The training will support participants to develop understanding, skills and confidence to design and deliver high quality sustainable activism trainings which:
explore methods of working effectively with the personal and inner dimension of activism, helping us take better care of ourselves, equipping us to avoid burnout and to better empower ourselves to bring our best to our work.
offer tools which support more skilful inter-personal work in our groups and networks, supporting personal and organisational wellbeing and effectiveness, as well as enabling ways of organising which exemplify the values we want to realise in the world.
create a vibrant and supportive temporary community of activists, as a space for deep reflection, analysis, and the sharing of experience of the personal and inter-personal dimensions of our work – and as a space to find nourishment and inspiration.
The course is aimed at activist-trainers with previous facilitation/training experience who are already developing, or want to develop, trainings for sustainable activism. The training is focused towards those involved in direct action, grassroots campaigning and community empowerment, addressing ecological, political and social justice issues. Ideally participants will have participated in a Sustaining Resistance training, or be able to demonstrate a similar level of engagement with the personal and collective aspects of sustainable activism.
The faciltators of this training are Kathryn Tulip from Navigate and G from the Ulex Project
Our recent Open Workshops
12 Jan 2019, Bristol. We will use a mix of large and small group activities, share personal class life stories and use class-based caucuses to explore our classed experiences, build awareness of how class oppressions are reproduced in our groups and explore ideas for practices we can implement in our groups to change that. We will also explore how class identity intersects with other aspects of our identities such as race, gender and ability. Read more
Exploring Class – A training for Trainers Workshop
14-17 June 2018, Gloucestershire. Do you want to support your own or other organisations working for social change to deal more skillfully with social class and classism in the organisation, in individual’s lives and in the wider society? Do you want to strengthen your workshop facilitation skills and apply them to class issues? Read more
24th – 25th March 2018, Bristol. This training is about strengthening your ability to facilitate meetings and gatherings, helping groups to become something more than the sum of their parts and unleash their collective potential. Read more
Conflict in Groups: Facilitating Change
10th – 11th March 2018, Manchester. Over the course of the weekend you’ll develop your ability to engage with conflict, whether you’re on the sidelines or right in the middle. You’ll increase your capacity to step in to conflict situations, and you’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident in what you have to offer. Read more
From Burnout to Balance: Co-creating cultures of collective and self-cafe
2-4 March 2018, Bristol. When we think of our escalating refugee/hospitality crisis, mounting inequalities, eco-systemic collapse and runaway climate change – the challenges we face can seem insurmountable. No matter what we do, it never seems to be enough. Read more
10th Dec 2017, London. We explored what leadership can look like in the context of non-hierarchical organising. We looked at what makes collaborative leadership possible at personal, as well as what stands in the way of ‘grassroots’ styles of leadership. Read more
Developing personal and group resilience
25th Nov 2017, Oxford. This workshop explored questions like: How do we sustain our motivation and keep our hearts open? How can we make our groups and campaigns more successful, and more welcoming to others? Read more
16th – 17th Sep 2017, London. In this workshop we explored ways of observing and intervening with what’s going on in a group, and participants discovered more about their role as a facilitator, and much more. Read more
Sustaining ourselves: developing personal and group resilience
26th September 2017, Oxford. Being involved in campaigns and taking action on issues of social and environmental justice can be immensely rewarding. It can also pose challenges. Participants learned healthier and more effective ways of working together and looking after themselves.
White is Not a Neutral Colour
26th Sep 2017, London. This workshop was a participatory exploration of race, with a particular focus on whiteness: How white people re-centre themselves/ourselves, and what we can do about it. Read more